Postcards from a Barcelona architecture tour

Taking a walk through the districts and narrow streets of Barcelona is an architecture buffs dream, whether ambling down Passeig de Gracia or strolling through Las Ramblas it is a feast for the eyes. Antoni Gaudi is almost synonymous with the Catalan capital and his presence is evident everywhere in the Barcelona cityscape. The Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Park Guell …

Experiencing traditional Catalonia in Delta de L’Ebre wetlands

Meeting people is a travel highlight; those that live in a traditional manner unchanged for many generations using associated crafts and skills are particularly fascinating. I have the utmost respect for them, continuing to fight the irresistible tide of technological advancement and reliance. “a prime example of a people that value their culture” Retaining community ties and preventing the inevitable …

Catalonia – The Character of a Nation

In a trip overflowing with highlights including canyoning and a hot air balloon ride on a recent visit to Catalonia and yet the main highlight for me remains the people. The populace of a region are what gives it character, Catalonians are proud of their heritage. Their passion was immediately apparent for preserving their culture and their eagerness to demonstrate …

Surprising Nerja and the rain in Spain

Nerja is in Andalusia on Spain’s Costa del Sol, about forty minutes from Malaga Airport so any expectations were not too high. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a pretty little resort without too much development.  Retaining some traditional Spanish charm, with winding narrow streets and people selling fruit and vegetables from their front doors. The Balcony of …